SEW PA­TRI­OTIC A quilt meant to cel­e­brate one mile­stone is com­pleted just in time to cel­e­brate an­other

More of Our Canada - - Crafty Canadians - by Michelle Crone, Shields, Sask.

I’d like to share a story about my mother He­len Huls and Canada’s 150th cel­e­bra­tion. Mother passed away at the age of 84 on June 6 this year, but had com­pleted this Cana­dian cen­ten­nial quilt ear­lier in the spring. This is a letter she wrote and left with the quilt: When I saw my mother’s com­pleted quilt, tears came to my eyes and I was flooded with a feel­ing of pride for her tal­ent as well as for Canada. My mother was a very cre­ative lady. She could turn scraps of ma­te­rial into works of art, hill­sides into beau­ti­ful flower gar­dens, acorns into lovely wreaths and cen­tre­pieces, and rocks into duck fig­urines. She could also draw and sing. Her cen­ten­nial quilt is not only the per­fect way to hon­our Canada’s 150 birth­day but also a beau­ti­ful me­mento to re­mem­ber her by. n

“I had planned to sew this quilt in 1967, 50 years ago. I ordered the em­broi­dery pat­terns of Canada’s coat of arms from an ad in the news­pa­per in March of 1967. How­ever, as I be­came too busy with a fam­ily of seven, gar­den­ing and farm­ing, the pat­terns got tucked away in a box. In Au­gust 2016, I came across them again while clean­ing and got the urge to make a few squares, think­ing if it did not work very well with all the tiny stitches and ap­pliqués, I’d toss it. It was quite a chal­lenge as the pat­terns would not stamp be­cause the ink had been ab­sorbed into the paper, so I had to trace on one side of them us­ing car­bon paper and re­trace again to the ma­te­rial. I de­cided to use vin­tage ma­te­rial in the form of Robin Hood flour sacks as that ma­te­rial al­ways em­broi­dered well. There was no Nu­navut coat of arms as yet, so I drew one up from a pic­ture. To bal­ance the quilt, I added a maple leaf square, the 2017 Canada tulip, and a Canada flag pocket. With help from a woman named Deb at the Haus of Stitches, the navy ma­te­rial was pur­chased for the bor­ders and sides. I also got help­ful hints from friends on quilt­ing the sides. It’s fi­nally fin­ished— 50 years later. It now is my cen­ten­nial quilt for Canada’s 150 years.”

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